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Sholay

Sholay posterAn iconic movie of the Hindi cinema and if you want to be a well versed in Indian movie watcher, this is a must see movie. Supposedly inspired by the John Wayne, Clint Eastwood style American Westerns, the movie is based in the beautiful, stark dry and harsh ravines of Chambal, a real life hot bed for dacoits. However, the movie was actually shot in a village called Ramanagar, Karnataka. The story is a revenge drama of Thakur Baldev Singh played by Sanjeev Kumar and Dacoit Gabbar Singh played by debutant Amjad Khan. Veeru and Jai are two thieves who aid the Thakur. Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra play Jai and Veeru while Hema Malini plays Basanti; Veeru’s love interest. Jaya Bhaduri plays the widowed daughter in law of Thakur and is Jai’s silent love interest. Incidentally, both the leading pairs ended up as real life couples too. The cinematography is amazing. Music by R. D. Burman is one of his best and the item number “Mehbooba” sung by RD himself and danced superbly by Helen is as iconic as the movie itself. Here’s a link to Kronos quartet performing Mehbooba  The dialogs of the movie are still fodder to a lot of creative ads and messaging. The poster for Sholay shown here used to be huge bill boards painted by actual painters on canvas. India's renowned artist M. F. Husain used to paint such movie posters early in his career.  Sholay is not just a movie; it has influenced more than one generation and defined Bollywood.

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Sholay

Dabangg

DabanggI never thought I would be raving about Dabangg after seeing the trailers. This is one entertaining movie from the first shot to the last. This movie revisits the movies of the 80s with larger than life hero, family ties, an item song in the villain's den and dialogs that are so cliché; you either enjoy them or hate them. So what makes the movie work?


Salman Khan- I am not a Salman Khan fan, never was, but I cannot imagine any other actor who could carry off the role of Inspector Chulbul Pandey. His swagger, the exaggerated dance movements, the bulging muscles, his dialog delivery ….he personified Chulbul Pandey.


Dialogs – If you enjoy over the top dialogs this movie is for you. Like everything else in this movie Chulbul Pandey’s dialogs are thoroughly entertaining even in the most emotional scenes or during an action packed sequence. Take his dialog for the villain Chedi Singh “Mein tunhare jism mein itne ched kar daloonga ki tumhe yeh bhi pata na chalega ki saans kahan se le aur paadein kahan se” Translated in English “Chedi Singh I will make so many holes in your body that you will not know from which hole to take in your breath and from which one to fart”. Or the scene where Chulbul Pandey marries Sonakshi Sinha but his father refuses to bless the newly weds. The Pandit offers a way out by getting an elder to bless the couple, to which Chulbul replies “Hum hi bade hain, hum hi khud ko aashirwad dete hain aur ise bhi – sada suhagan raho.” Translates to “I am the elder of this house so I give myself blessings and I bless my wife, may your husband have a long life.”

Songs and Dance– After a long time an item song became as popular as “Munni badnam hui…”  has that had very original (???) lyrics like “mein Zandu Balm hui darling tere liye” . The last item number to be as popular was probably Salman’s step mom Helen’s Mehbooba Mehbooba in Sholay. All the other songs fit the story very well, and never slow down or digress too much from the main plot line. The title song of Dabangg works very well because of Salman and his dance.

Story – what story??? Well the movie does have a story and is perfect for a 80s style movie. It has all the emotional elements for perfect action scenes. An adoring mom (well played by Dimple), a loving but misunderstood step father very well portrayed by Vinod Khanna, a dumbass brother Arbaz Khan and the village damsel Sonakshi support Inspector Chulbul Pandey along with Chedi Singh (Sonu Sood) as the villain. Don’t miss the Chedi Singh and Ched dialog.


Action - Dabangg is all about action with Salman as Chulbul Pandey the macho hero for all the macho villains of the movie. Actually Sonu Sood as Chedi Singh the villain is not bad either.The movie is set in a small village and no gyms for you. They do show the “akhada” with the body building villains doing the tradition malla-khambh. As inspector Chulbul Pandey, Salman was covered for most part of the movie in crisp off white shirts. It was a good to see clothed Salman for a change. However, he made up for it in the last fighting scene when his muscles bulge so much that they tear up his shirt. This last action scene is so funny. Chedi Singh tears up his own shirt so he can show off his muscles. And then, Salman’s brother tells him about how Chedi singh killed their mother where upon Salman gets so angry that his muscles bulge and tear up the shirt.

So if you are a skeptic like I was, give the movie a try with an open mind or rather keep your brains on the chair next to you, kick up your heels...ENJOY the movie.

The DVD is available online @ amazon.com.

Dabangg

Jhootha Hi Sahi

Jhootha Hi SahiJootha Hi Sahi - Dee gives this movie thumbs Up.

After a long gap, my Psychic senses started tingling upon seeing JHS's trailers. I strongly feel this movie is gonna be awesome since I seriously got hooked to the trailers! To my delight, I realized that it is directed by Abbas Tyrewala who had also directed the much liked 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na'. Now that was a movie which I had loved. It had a very refreshing take on usual Bollywood story, similarly JHS also looks like its going to be very different and fresh. As they say in Bollywood, the movie seems to be ' jara hatke' :-)

Bollywood hunk John Abraham, is seen in a completely new 'Avatar'. He looks totally convincing as bumbling, nervous, stammering Siddharth. For all I care and I am sure many would agree with me, that all John needs to do is flex his muscles and show his dimpled smile in a movie and he would have my attention! But (sadly) looks like he is not going to be doing anything of that (sigh!!!) but do some honest to goodness acting, he lost lot of weight and changed his looks for this movie. Way to go John.

Pakhi, the newcomer has donned many hats for this movie. She is the scriptwriter and also the heroine of this movie. She is also Director Abbas Tyrewala's wife, not that she has donned this cap for this movie! She looks good and her role as Mishka will be interesting.

A notable mention is Raghu the 'Roadies' bad boy has an important role in this movie. Looks like he is turning a new leaf playing the character of Omar who is Sidh's 4am friend. A person with heart.


Music is awesome, especially 'Cry Cry' and 'Maiyya Yashoda'. Then its almost expected from the likes of A R Rehman.


I am super super excited about this movie and can't wait to go to theater and watch it. I recommend you go watch it too.

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Psychic Dee or PD is our Predicting Diva who has a great knack for predicting fate of movies by just watching the trailers.

Here's our disclaimer though ....

Our psychic Dee sees the future of movies in brilliant bright but brief flashes and has no power to influence the outcome in reality. Because future is not set in stone take PD's Revelations with a grain of salt. PD or the site has no affiliations with any movies and are not responsible for their debacles and failures.

Jhootha Hi Sahi

Aisha

Aisha - Sonam KapoorI am a big fan of Jane Austen's novels. Aisha is based on Jane Austen's Emma. This isn't the first time a Jane Austen's novel got a Bollywood make over. Pride and Prejudice got bollywoodized to a not so very original Bride and Prejudice and before that we had a Tamil version of Sense and Sensibility.
So we know the story of Emma but how is the Bollywood version???
The film is produced by Anil Kapoor's daughter Rhea Kapoor and the lead actress is his other daughter Sonam Kapoor.
The promos look fresh and Sonam Kapoor is gorgeous.  Abhay Deol has quietly built himself a loyal fan following doing off the beaten path movies. I predict he will not disappoint his loyal in this film either. The songs are already making waves. Designer clothes, sophisticated looks, glossy promos and a story that is still liked almost 200 years after it was written. This film has everything going for it. My psychic powers reveal a winner in Aisha. Releasing to theaters near you on Aug 6th, PD foresees many of you going to watch it.

Psychic Dee or PD is our Predicting Diva who has a great knack for predicting fate of movies by just watching the trailers.

Here's our disclaimer though ....

Our psychic Dee sees the future of movies in brilliant bright but brief flashes and has no power to influence the outcome in reality. Because future is not set in stone take PD's Revelations with a grain of salt. PD or the site has no affiliations with any movies and are not responsible for their debacles and failures.

Aisha

Maryada Ramanna

Maryada Ramanna

I watched Maryada Ramanna, a comedy and a family entertainment movie in Telugu. A lot of my friends who watched the movie loved it. The common theme that emerged from them was; go without any expectations and you will absolutely love the movie. Here are the 5 things I liked about the movie.


1) The story of family feud is not new to Indian movies and Tollywood. Numerous very successful movies have been made on this subject. The movie mixes the ideals of revenge and family honor with contradicting ideals of Guest is God (Atithi devo bhava) and the house is a temple (ghar ek mandir). What happens when the enemy is unwittingly made the guest or Atithi. I liked the treatment of this age old concept that converted the situation to a hilarious comedy. Hats off the director for making it all work.


2) The songs were incredible and tied in very well with the mood of the movie. The train song was the highlight for me. All the other songs are pictured very well and contribute their fair share towards the success of the movie. Hats off to M. M. Keeravani who has given us numerous melodious songs throughout his illustrious career.


3) The comedy was fabulous. A lot of small characters were woven into the story that provided a good support to the lead actor Sunil. The comic timing of Sunil was perfect too. A lot of comedy came from comic situation without any vulgar innuendos. The character of an old dilapidated cycle brought peals of laughter by its mere presence. The comic situations in the train were very believable.  


4) The movie shows how a good movie can be made without extravagant foreign locales. A rustic village setting, a stark rocky landscape beautifully captured by the camera and characters that look like people you know in your everyday life. These simple settings make the film work so well.


5) The dances and the attention to detail in this movie is simply marvelous. The first song is pictured beautifully. My favorite shot was the cars colliding in the air; I would have loved to watch that in 3D. I also found it very amusing that in the song depicting hero Sunil’s bad luck, he is shown buying bitter gourd (Karela or kakarkaya).

All in all, Maryada Ramanna Rocks!!!

Maryada Ramanna

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